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John Ray

John Ray FRS was a Christian English naturalist widely regarded as one of the earliest of the English parson-naturalists. Until 1670, he wrote his name as John Wray. From then on, he used 'Ray', after "having ascertained that such had been the practice of his family before him". He published important works on botany, zoology, and natural theology. His classification of plants in his Historia Plantarum, was an important step towards modern taxonomy. Ray... Read More

Born29 November 1627
Black Notley, near Braintree
Died17 January 1705 (aged 77)
Black Notley
NationalityEnglish
FieldsBotany, Zoology, Natural history, Natural theology

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